Every year the prestigious Craft and Design Council hold a nationwide competition for jewellery designers and manufacturers. This year we thought we would try our luck with some of our work in both the 2D and 3D category.
In 2015 we began collecting inspiration with the intention of creating our own unique collection of jewellery. This collection is to be specially designed with the Highlands in mind, a truly precious token of our landscape that you can wear close to you whether you are home or away. Although this collection is still in it’s infancy, we thought it a good opportunity to test some of the designs and push the boundaries of them by entering into the Craft and Design Competition.
The brief chosen from the 2D category was to design a piece of jewellery using natural gemstones. We decided to look through our collection inspiration and were taken with the idea of designing an intricate piece of fine jewellery based on the Aurora Borealis. The design – “Highland Sky” is comprised of 18ct White Gold, Diamonds, Onyx and Malachite (a more unusual choice in fine jewellery).
Our 3D entry required a little more work as not only were we creating a design, we were actually going to make the piece. Our inspiration was again taken from the Highlands and in particular the landscape around the River Ness. Inspired by the sweeping current and falling leaves, we came up with a simple and elegant statement ring. The slideshow below illustrates how we progressed from rough sketches to a CAD image, rapid prototype and then onto the production of the final piece. We created this piece in silver and pave set with London Blue and Swiss Blue Topaz.
The design process we use is not exclusive to competition entries or for designing our own collections. Our dedicated team thrive on carrying out this type of work almost daily for customers who wish to have a special heirloom commissioned or update and remodel their old jewellery. If you would like a consultation please do not hesitate to call, email or pop into our store for more information.
Everyone in the Colin Campbell team loves a good cocktail and with the Christmas Season upon us we thought we’d visit the talented bar staff at the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel to see if they could come up with some Scottish based cocktails to match some of our favourite Cocktail Rings.
First up was “Liquid Gold.” A Glenfiddich Cocktail featuring hints of Orange Curacao, Sweet Vermouth and fresh ginger. We matched it with a stunning 18ct White Gold, Diamond, Citrine and Quartz ring
Second on the bar top was “Aurora”. This Cocktail gives a nod to the Aurora Borealis featuring Caorunn Gin, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curacao and Apple juice. This drink is the perfect match for our Emerald and Diamond Cluster.
Next, we had my favourite – “Twinkle Twinkle.” This delicious spectacle featured Edinburgh Gin, Crème de menthe, Rosemary Gomme, Prosecco and edible glitter! Nothing suits it better than our Rose and White Gold diamond scatter ring.
The fourth drink we sampled was called “Ginger & Rhubarbellini.”This featured Rhubarb and Ginger Edinburgh Gin, Rose Syrup and Prosecco for a little fizz. A lovely accompaniment to our Rose Gold, Amethyst, Topaz and Diamond statement ring
Our final Cocktail was the “Rainbow Shimmer.” Another Gin number with Blue Curacao, Apple Sourz, Lemonade and Raspberry Syrup. The blue tones of this drink were very much suited to our Sapphire and Diamond Double halo cluster ring
The vibe of their newly refurbished bar is of very chic, with low lighting and a black grand piano in the corner, it could well be a bar in which 007 would enjoy a martini – shaken, not stirred. Although, we prefer the Cocktails!
We are now well and truly in the run up to Christmas and with sales beginning to flourish it really is the time to make sure you get that special piece of jewellery for your loved one.
Be organised this year and save yourself any last minute panics! Our best selling items have limited stock and our one-off pieces are, well, one-off.
It is also important to make sure that if you need an item altered – like a fabulous cocktail ring – you factor in enough time for the piece to be sized. Current timescales are 2-3 weeks and may increase with the busy Christmas period.
To make the stress of Christmas a little easier we also offer interest free credit and free gift wrapping!
You can browse our website to view what is currently in stock:
Here is one of our favourite necklets, just because…
With only 6 weeks until Christmas it is well and truly time to start finding that special gift for your loved ones. Whether it’s a small token for a friend or stocking filler, we have plenty to offer from just £24!
Here are some ideas to get you into the Christmas shopping spirit:
Nothing is more classic than a strand of pearls. This beautiful freshwater strand could be a great gift from the kids to Mum – time to start saving the pocket money!
Any young fashion conscious daughter will tell you that yellow gold is back! These sleek modern earrings will be the perfect addition to her stocking, great for dressing up on a night out or for everyday.
These sweet little heart stud earrings are great for a treat to yourself and at £24 you could get a pair for your sister too, that way she won’t be tempted to borrow and never return them!
Now gents, nothing says I love you quite like a diamond and this heart pendant has three! What more could a girl want?
She’d hate to think you’d spend your money on her but for all the time she spoilt you as a child, you need to get a little something special for Gran.
Finally, for our best friend through all the ups and downs, wine nights and broken hearts. We love you to infinity and beyond!
Since Colin Campbell & Co was founded over 40 years ago, we have regularly had the pleasure of designing and making bespoke jewellery for our customers. Creating a bespoke piece of jewellery is incredibly rewarding for both us and you to see a simple idea become a beautiful piece of jewellery – truly a tomorrow’s heirloom! Here is a step by step guide of our bespoke process:
The initial meeting with the in-house designer will be a discussion based on style and material options. If you have existing jewellery that you would like to be remodelled we can inspect the condition and advise what would be suitable for incorporating into your new design. Rough sketches may be drawn during this meeting as you and the designer bounce ideas. This is a great opportunity for us to get to know you and what you are looking for from the process.
More precise technical drawings will be created following your initial meeting and once a final design is approved you will receive a professional paint up to give you an accurate representation of the design before work begins on a 3D CAD model. It is at this stage that we would help you to select your stones, whether they be a semi-precious coloured gemstone or a GIA certificated diamond.
The use of 3D CAD modelling in jewellery is a fascinating innovation allowing for greater accuracy and speed in the making of a item. We can share with you the drawings and renders throughout this section of the process, giving you an exciting insight to modern manufacture in the jewellery industry.
The next part of the process is to have the 3D CAD file rapid prototyped. This involves producing a resin or a wax which you can view in store allowing you to gain a greater appreciation of how the finished item will look.
Once you have approved your resin/wax we will then proceed to casting in your chosen metal. On passing quality control it will then be finished, polished and expertly stone set.
Born from the idea discussed at your first appointment a beautiful, new and unique piece of jewellery is now yours to enjoy.
With the nights drawing in ever earlier it’s almost impossible to ignore the stunning cosmic display above us with recent highlights being the Supermoon Eclipse and the Aurora Borealis. This has prompted me to reflect on how celestial jewellery has captivated us as much as the stars themselves.
Throughout time The moon, Sun and stars have been replicated in precious pieces of jewellery. However, my personal favourite era of celestial design is the 1960s & 70s when Space science was at an all time high!
The pioneering developments and accomplishments in space science reverberated into the creative industries with films such as Barbarella, Fashion by Andre Courreges and jewellery by Andrew Grima.
So, if like me you are fascinated by the night sky why not adorn yourself with a lucky star? Pictured below is our current ‘out of this world’ collection. More can be found on our website – http://www.colincampbellgoldsmith.co.uk/
Today at noon when it came to my sacred lunch hour I decided that instead of flicking through my twitter feed I would go for a walk to gather inspiration for an up and coming project. As usual I headed to Blend Tea & Coffee Merchants on Drummond Street to indulge myself (today was Thai noodle soup – yum!) and headed off on my stroll along the banks of the River Ness.
As I sipped my soup on a bench opposite the Cathedral, I was stunned by the beauty of this part of the city falling into Autumn’s grip. The gorgeous golden colours emerging on the trees reminded me of the current resurgence of yellow gold jewellery – a definite key trend this season with classics by Cartier to contemporary designs by Fernando Jorge.
On returning to the store I set about putting together a display reflecting my inspiration from the River Bank. With new season stock coming in thick and fast, warm Autumn hues paired with classic simple designs form the basis of the theme.
So ladies and gents, here are nine of my favourite yellow gold pieces in store. Perfect for finishing off your Fall outfit.
Find more on our website – http://www.colincampbellgoldsmith.co.uk/search/yellow-gold
With Christmas peaking it’s sparkly bobbled head round the corner we have begun to start thinking about gifts. With only two pay days left until Christmas it’s better to be organised, right?
So, let’s talk about clusters. A classic design that has never failed to disappoint the special someone who receives it. A selection from our stock pictured above gives you a taste of the varieties, colours, shapes and setting styles available within the cluster category.
A modern revival of the cluster was sparked in 2010 when Kate Middleton received Diana’s famous sapphire and diamond cluster as an engagement ring. Since then, we have enjoyed interest and appreciation from customers looking to also add a coloured stone and diamond cluster to their collection.
Although sapphire and diamond is arguably the most popular, there are other equally beautiful gemstone options available. One of our more unusual cluster rings (the top ring pictured above) is a moonstone and diamond cluster set in 18ct white gold. Moonstone is a gemstone of mesmerising visual quality, described by the GIA as “moonlight glowing on water” – oh the romance!
If you would like to view more of our cluster jewellery just click the link below, enjoy!
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As you may be aware, Colin Campbell & Co is a family run independent goldsmiths situated in the Victorian Market, Inverness. With over 40 years experience in the industry we have an extensive knowledge of diamonds, precious metals and gemstones. Having an onsite workshop has also allowed us to gain in depth knowledge of both old and new methods of craft for creating bespoke pieces and repairing your jewellery to the highest standard.
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